Stories of Kindness from Around the World

My Nurse's Special Birthday Gift

--by kylierose16, posted Jul 30, 2007

Last month it was my nurse's birthday. She has been caring for me since August 2006. Through the months, we have built an amazing bond. She has been there for me, and has helped me over so many hurdles its unbelievable. She's my rock in every way.

I wanted to do something special for her birthday, to show her how much she means to me. Being confined to my bed, I can't go out shopping for a gift. So I was left to use my imagination and the materials in my room. But I was determined to make an unforgettable gift.

I found an old shoe box, and got a bunch of my old girlie magazines, and spent 4 days cutting and pasting carefully selected items onto the box, creating an intricate collage. Each piece reflected in some way or another, our friendship. To finish it off, I put a photo of us on the lid.

I felt I should fill the box. A few ideas whirled in my head. I remembered the many songs we have, that make us think of one another. So I decided to compile these onto a cd for her. I personalised and decorated the case.

To finish it off, with help from family, I baked her some delicious cookies, and made two intricate oragami hearts. One for her, one for me, representing our love.

She came over and I handed her present to her in a plastic bag. It was the best feeling ever seeing the joy in her eyes as she looked through the things I'd made for her. She felt so special, so appreciated and loved that I put all this time and thought into making something just for her. I felt just as much joy making the gift.

I guess this told me, that to give an amazing unforgettable gift, you don't always have to spend lots of money, you don't even need to leave your house. With a loving heart and a smile on your face, you yourself can make the most special gift.

And the cost? Nothing. The reward? Overwhelming.


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Les wrote: It is events such as this that shold rock the world. Above all human achievements an act of love is the greatest.
Tasneem wrote: Life full of love has no match. Lucky are the ones who realise this golden rule and enrich their lives with unlimited happiness.
justin wrote: i see its a nice thing but loving your nurse is not right i have a nurse coming to me its been 7 years and yes i love her very much but could never tell her because of the line.
Taiwo wrote: I felt great reading your story. Life gives a whole new meaning when lived with love. Friendships are worth appreciating and i thank you because you gave the reason to love friends and to surprise them on their special days. Kudos!
bluqtgyrl wrote: Awww. That was very sweet of you! Both of you are GREAT people.
jacqueline wrote: And you do it blow me away with your genorosity Kylie! You have a great big heart! xx Jax
jan2008 wrote: You made this gift with patience and love. I am sure this is one of the best gifts the nurse received.
wamae wrote: A gift is nice when given but your heart of giving and the presentation makes it more nice no matter what itself contains.Thank you for your story.

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